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PlantFiles: Japanese Morning Glory
Ipomoea nil 'Miko no Mai'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: nil (nil) (Info)
Cultivar: Miko no Mai
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sibyl's Dance)

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Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive onalee On Apr 4, 2008, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The translation for the name of this flower, MIKO NO MAI, is Sybil's Dance (Thank you Yasmi in Tokyo!):

Mikonomai = SIBYL'S DANCE "Miko" is Sibyl. They are ladies who are working in Shrine. They are wearing Japanese traditional red and white color clothes, in white shirt with red pleats skirt (actually it is not skirt, it looks like skirt, but inside is pants.). It is one of Japanese traditional Kimono. They somtimes dance at a ceremony. The flower, pink with white stripe, the color is the same as the Miko lady's clothes. That is why they named Miko no mai. "Mai" means dance.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida
Derby, Kansas

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